Oprah Winfrey pointedly dismissed the idea of a potential run for the presidency in 2020 weeks before her headline-grabbing acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards sparked frenzied speculation about a possible campaign.
In an interview with InStyle magazine Editor-in-Chief Laura Brown three weeks before the Globes, but published Thursday, the billionaire media mogul said she had been approached by someone who offered to help launch a presidential campaign, but she had turned the person down.
“I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not,” Winfrey told the magazine. “And so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.”
“Gayle [King]—who knows me as well as I know myself practically—has been calling me regularly and texting me things, like a woman in the airport saying, ‘When’s Oprah going to run?'” Winfrey added. “So Gayle sends me these things, and then she’ll go, ‘I know, I know, I know! It wouldn’t be good for you—it would be good for everyone else.’ I met with someone the other day who said that they would help me with a campaign. That’s not for me.”